FA Cup preview: We will show total respect, says Spalding United boss

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Spalding United’s unbeaten start to the season sees them looking to avoid a cup upset on Saturday.

The Tulips face Nottingham side Radford in the Emirates FA Cup preliminary round.

Eight points from four games have lifted Spalding into second place in the Evo-Stik League First Division South.

As well as coming from 2-0 down to knock out Sleaford Town in the cup, Radford have won both matches so far this term in the East Midlands Counties League.

Spalding boss Pat Rayment said: “They play at Step Six but we know that we will need to concentrate.

“They will be looking to claim our scalp and it’s a big game which I’m sure they will be fired up for.

“If we compete with them it will give us a chance but if we don’t then there could be an upset.

“I have great faith in this group of players who just want to go out and run about. They will treat this just like any other game.

“We’ve done our homework. We know Radford have pace down both flanks and a target man.

“The bottom line is that we will give them total respect and prepare ourselves as if it was a top-of-the-table clash at our own level.”

Spalding conceded two late goals to take one point from Tuesday’s game at Sheffield.

Rayment reflected: “We started very well but then we stopped.

“They were poor goals to give away at the end.

“We worked very hard and Sheffield looked dead and buried at one stage.

“We could have nicked it 3-2 but if the game had gone on for another couple of minutes then we probably would have lost.

“We are second in the league and better off in terms of points against these sides from when we played them last season.”

Nathan Stainfield and Dan Banister should be back from coaching in America to join the Tulips’ squad for Monday’s league trip to Gresley – subject to FA Cup replays.

Tom Waumsley could be recalled to lead Spalding’s attack on Saturday.

Last season’s top scorer was left on the bench for the midweek trip to Sheffield as new signing Charley Sanders put the Tulips 2-0 up.

Michael Frew is rated “a big doubt” after being forced off following a knock on Tuesday night.

But Sanders is ineligible for the Emirates FA Cup tie at Radford, having already played for Wisbech Town in this season’s competition, so Waumsley may return.